Jack Ramirez Bernal & Johnathan Lin
With Richland students in a voting mood since last year’s mid-term elections, the spring of 2019 will give students the opportunity to choose their representatives for the Student Government Association (SGA). The elections will take place April 1 and 2 in the El Paso Hall student lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Richland students will vote on candidates for SGA president, vice president, speaker of the house, parliamentarian, secretary, treasurer and historian. Those elected to the new positions will take an oath to assume the mantle of accountability and will represent the collective voice of the Richland community.
Kelly Sonnanstine, SGA adviser, describes the candidates as “strong leaders.”
“It is hard work. It does take time. [They] do have to make a commitment and … finagle [their] schedules around the meetings,” she said.
While those positions have similar definition to that of a club officer, they have a pivotal role when it comes to the daily routine at Richland.
According to outgoing SGA President Haya Qazi, the student government leaders are students’ liaisons to the administration.
“We are basically the voice of the people, the voice of the students, so we want to represent as big as like you know community as possible and Richland College is very diverse,” Qazi said.
Students can vote throughout the day, but Sonnanstine recommends coming between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. because that is when the students will get to experience the peak of activities hosted by SGA, including live music, free pizza and the opportunity to win prizes when submitting a ballot.
To be eligible to vote, participants must be registered in at least one class at Richland and present a student ID to receive a ballot. Richland Collegiate High School students are eligible to vote too.
Those elected to office will not only continue the legacy of the preceding SGA administration, but also create and leave a legacy of their own.